Pentecostal World ConferencePentecostal World Fellowship (PWF) Stockholm, Sweden August 26, 2010
A Coalition of Commitment: Cooperation Challenges for Contemporary Pentecostal Missions“…stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1.28) Dr. Grant McClung, President www.MissionsResourceGroup.org Missiological Advisor, PWF World Missions Commission
I. The PWF Cooperation Story:Who? What? Where? When? Why? • Who are the [cooperation] mentors in the “Great Commission” community? • What does the Pentecostal World Fellowship state about cooperation? • Where are the models to be celebrated and cultivated? • When do we find opportunities for cooperation? • Why work together in a “coalition of commitment?
Who are the [cooperation] mentors in the “Great Commission” community?
What does the Pentecostal World Fellowship state about cooperation? • Who We Are: “The Pentecostal World Fellowship is a cooperative body of Pentecostal churches and groups worldwide of approved standing. It is not a legislative body to any national entity, but it is rather a coalition of commitment for the furtherance of the gospel to the ends of the world…” • Our Mission and Purpose: Historically, the purpose of the Pentecostal World Fellowship has been to create an opportunity for the triennial gathering of Pentecostal groups to share in mutual information, support and edification called the Pentecostal World Conference. • More recently a change of name and purpose was approved from one of simply chairing a Pentecostal World Conference every three years to a new set of purposes. These purposes are to: From www.pentecostalworldfellowship.org
Our Mission and Purpose: • Encourage missions partnerships among participating Pentecostal groups. • Speak to governments and nations on behalf of Pentecostal believers everywhere and especially in countries where persecution exists or where individual rights and freedoms are compromised for the sake of the gospel. • Share as a Pentecostal World Fellowship in humanitarian aid through its various Pentecostal members by sharing information of assistance given and where possible to cooperate in humanitarian efforts worldwide. • Serve as a cooperative fellowship whereby educational institutions approved by individual Pentecostal members of the Pentecostal World Fellowship would be recognized by other member groups. • Pursue the fulfillment of the Lord’s command to evangelize the lost in the shortest possible time, providing them the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel in all of its fullness, by encouraging and assisting one another, promoting harmoniousrelationships, and seeking the most effective means of its accomplishment under the dynamic leadership of the Holy Spirit. • Emphasize worldwide prayer networks and coordinated prayer.
When do we find opportunities for cooperation? (In times of): • Conversation – seeking understanding/implementing of such terms/concepts as: “cooperation,” “collaboration,” “covenant,” “partnership,” “networking,” “strategic alliances,” etc. • Conflict – standing together to face opposition/persecution. • Crisis – working together in humanitarian efforts. • Convergence – toward fulfilling world evangelization through a “cooperation quadralogue:” (1) Assembly (local church based); (2) Agency (denominational/ parachurch); (3) Academy (missions training, missiologists); (4) Agora – laity in marketplace ministry.
Why work together in a “coalition of commitment?From the Philippians pattern, cooperation flows out of: • Our Calling (1.6)Our Conduct (1.27) • Our Citizenship (3.20) • Our Cause (1.4,7,28; 4.3) • Christ (1.1; 4.23)
II. Cooperation Resources: • Pentecostal World Fellowship www.pentecostalworldfellowship.org • “Partnership and Christian Missions” www.globalmissiology.org (online missions journal, Volume 3, No. 7 April 2010). In the same issue, see Enoch Wan and Kevin P. Penman, “The ‘Why,’ ‘How’ and ‘Who’ of Partnership in Christian Missions” for excellent/current listing of cooperation/partnership resources. • “Cooperating in World Evangelization: A Handbook on Church/Para-Church Relationships,” Lausanne Occasional Paper 24 (“Documents” www.lausanne.org) Article 7 “Cooperation in Evangelism” and Article 8 “Churches in Evangelistic Partnership,” of The Lausanne Covenant at www.lausanne.org. • World Evangelical Alliance (www.worldevangelicals.org) • Butler, Phill. Well Connected: Releasing Power, Restoring Hope ThroughKingdom Partnerships (2005 www.authenticbooks.com). See also www.connectedbook.net and www.powerofconnecting.net. • McClung, Grant “A Coalition of Commitment: Cooperation Challenges for Contemporary Pentecostal Missions” (and other resource documents) posted at www.MissionsResourceGroup.org